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Anxiety is Ruining My Life

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Can fear mess up your life?

If fear has made you so stressed and anxious that you feel trapped, you may believe that “fear is ruining my life.” If this applies to you, read on to learn all about anxiety disorders and how to overcome them.

There is no doubt that we live in stressful times. In fact, there is intense pressure in all facets of our lives. Stressful careers, parenthood, money problems, health problems and relationships are the main causes of this anxiety.

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It’s true that out of control stress and anxiety can have a huge impact on our overall well-being. Although we are able to handle some level of stress, chronic stress can lead to an anxiety disorder. It can also cause some serious health problems.

If you feel like anxiety is ruining your life, it’s time to get evaluated by a mental health provider. Once a diagnosis is made, steps can be taken to better manage the anxiety.

Learn more about fear

Chances are someone you know is struggling with some type of anxiety disorder. In fact, more than 40 million Americans have some type of anxiety disorder. It is evident that we are a fearful nation.

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There are different types of anxiety disorders, but one common feature is irrational fear. Fear can be triggered by certain people, places, situations, and even objects. Anxiety and feeling out of control fuel some very uncomfortable symptoms.

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Consider these different types of anxiety and their symptoms:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Excessive anxiety and worry can cause insomnia, shortness of breath, nervousness, irritability, palpitations, sweating, dizziness, headaches, and stomach upset.
  • panic disorder. A panic attack is a sudden episode that often comes out of nowhere. These events include chest pain, tremors, shortness of breath, hyperventilation, nausea, tremors, a sinking feeling, and a racing heart. Frequent panic attacks turn into panic disorder.
  • Specific phobia. Phobia is an extreme fear triggered by a specific thing or situation. Symptoms include sweating, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and rapid heartbeat. The person becomes avoidant so that they don’t have to experience that fear and anxiety.
  • social anxiety. This is the intense fear of being judged or rejected by others, especially in public. It causes sweating, flushing, muscle tension, nausea, rapid heartbeat, hyperventilation and lightheadedness.
  • obsessive compulsive disorder OCD is an alternating cycle of obsessive fears and compulsive behavioral responses to anxiety. OCD can become so intrusive in daily life that it becomes disruptive.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is characterized by a prolonged response to trauma lasting more than a month. Symptoms include irritability, flashbacks, insomnia, substance abuse, detachment, nightmares, and avoidance behaviors.

Signs that anxiety is bothering you

An anxiety disorder can have a range of symptom severity. As this mental disorder worsens, the person becomes less able to function outside the home. The anxiety associated with the type of fear can cause such impairment that it affects every aspect of a person’s life.

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Some of the reasons you are starting to feel “fear is ruining my life” are:

  • sleep disturbance When anxiety causes insomnia, your entire day is affected. A lack of quality sleep affects your ability to think clearly or be productive at work. This has consequences such as problems at work, poor quality of work and irritation towards colleagues.
  • self-medication. If you find yourself turning to a substance to calm yourself, it can only make matters worse. Using alcohol or drugs to manage anxiety puts you at risk for a co-occurring substance use disorder.
  • isolating behaviors. When anxiety symptoms cause you to hide from potential triggers, it can affect your quality of life. Isolation disrupts your social life and prevents you from going to work.
  • cognitive problems. Anxiety can cause short-term memory problems, mental confusion, and difficulty concentrating. This can have a negative impact on your work performance.

4 ways to get your anxiety under control

There are a few methods you can use to manage stress and anxiety. If these measures do not improve anxiety, seek the guidance and support of a mental health professional. Learn how to stop anxiety from ruining your life.

  • practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is a helpful tool to redirect anxious thoughts. We tend to reflect on our past actions, question our decisions, and worry about the results. Mindfulness helps us shift our mental focus from the distressing thoughts to the present moment.
  • deep breathing. One of the fastest ways to reduce stress is to use breathing techniques. Try this deep breathing exercise to quickly lower blood pressure and heart rate. Inhale and count to five; hold your breath and count to five; exhale and count to five. To repeat.
  • Daily walks. Something as simple as a brisk 20-minute walk can have a profound impact on stress. Exercise helps increase dopamine and serotonin levels, which reduces stress. Regular exercise also improves sleep quality and helps you feel more rested and calm during the day. Being outside also increases vitamin D levels, which also promotes mental well-being.
  • Yoga. Yoga includes a wide range of exercises that use movements, stretches, and poses to help you feel relaxed. Yoga combines the movements with focused breathing to tone and strengthen the body and control stress and anxiety.

Anxiety can wreak havoc on our mental and physical health, which is why we need to take steps to deal with it. If you believe “Fear is ruining my life” and are ready to take back control, get help today.

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Altitude Behavioral Health

The Treatment Specialist is an online resource for mental health information

The Treatment Specialist is an online resource for informative articles on mental illness and treatment options for adults, adolescents, and families. If you’re struggling with anxiety, contact the team today at (866) 644-7911 for a consultation.

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